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Brian Williams will host SNL

by Anna Johns, posted Oct 17th 2007 8:05AM
brian williamsHere's an interesting bit of news: NBC news anchor Brian Williams will host Saturday Night Live next month. He was asked based on his stint at the anchor desk on Weekend Update last year. The video of that sketch has been pulled from YouTube, but as I recall, he had some great comic timing.

Williams has dipped in the ratings lately, falling behind Charlie Gibson at ABC. Hosting SNL will no doubt get him some attention on the 24-hour news channels (if he's good). But, is this the way to do it? Going on SNL will allow people to see Williams' funnier side (he shows it off on The Daily Show occasionally), but will it compromise his respect as an anchor man? I wonder whether any topics are completely off-limits. He might be willing to take a shot at Katie Couric, but what about President Bush? I'm guessing he'll be drawing a line somewhere... or not, if he's really that desperate for ratings.

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Has nobody here ever seen BriWi on Leno? He is hilarious! He's got fantastic comedic timing. Should be a good one. Good Luck, Brian!!

October 20 2007 at 4:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
j hockenberry

I agree, I've seen him on Conan too. A truly quick wit. Absolutely no good reason we shouldn't get to see the man behind the mask. Break a leg Brian.

October 18 2007 at 10:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If you've ever seen Brian on any talk shows, you know he is one of the funniest guys around. He'll do great on SNL. Looking forward to it.

October 17 2007 at 3:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is awful! He is the most boring and least "entertaining" news anchor. There is no clear cut distinction between "real" news and entertainment. The news people have no credibility.

October 17 2007 at 2:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is news NOW? During the October 13 broadcast of SNL there was a teaser screen that he was hosting.

October 17 2007 at 10:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

He didn't draw the line at the UCB show I saw him at. I mean, it depends where your line is, but he talked about tampon commercials, being called out by a Disney mascot in front of his family (and planning to kick the mascot's ass), and let a few dirty words slip.

I'm certain he was hired based on his ability to improv at that ASSSCAT show (where Amy and Seth were also performing).

Brian Williams proves that the world SHOULD have a sense of humour. Why can't you be a serious news anchor, go to Iraq several times, spend time with Katrina victims in New Orleans, but also be a genuinely sarcastic and funny guy? Pigeonholing -- not just in entertainment, but in life in general -- is unfortunate.

October 17 2007 at 10:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sure, why not host SNL? News is just another entertainment medium these days anyway. Who needs integrity when you have great hair and great comic timing?

October 17 2007 at 8:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They should get Chris Hanson to host.

"Why don't you have a seat over there?"

October 17 2007 at 8:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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